Australian Council on Children and the Media

Solitaire - Tao Games Limited

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This is a card game simulator app, which involves the game solitaire

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Solitaire was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 9 July 2015.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Solitaire
Developed by: Tao Games Limited
Platform reviewed: Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: General
ACCM suggested age: 15+ for simulated gambling
Gambling content advice: Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Solitaire contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This game was played for approximately 1 hour.

App description

This is a Casino-style game involving the card game of Solitaire. The objective of the game is to earn higher scores by playing multiple games of Solitaire. There are limited skills needed, as it is largely chance-based – however, knowledge of how to play solitaire is necessary.

Reviewers comments

When the app is opened, players are taken to a page that contains a Solitaire game board. It presents a stack of cards, four empty slots for the aces to be placed at the top, as well as rows where cards can be placed down below. Players must tap on the face-down deck of cards to present three additional cards. To win the game, players must get all of the cards onto the seven Foundation piles. Each Foundation has one card at the top, and players must put the cards from the pile onto them in the order of: Ace 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Jack Queen King. Aces will sit up the top, while other cards will sit beneath the face-up cards – e.g. a card that is a 9 will only take an 8 beneath it. When players run out of flips for their deck of cards, they can tap on an icon to restart the game.

Players can click on a Hint button to receive hints as to what options they have for their current cards. The game also has a Settings panel, which contains options to turn on or off: Draw 3, a Timer Mode, Vegas Scoring, Tap to Move, or Left Handed Play. The game also contains a Help section, which explains the rules of the game. It describes that Solitaire is a game played with 52 cards, where 28 cards are initially placed in the 7 piles of the tableau area and only the top card is visible. The objective is to create four piles of cards, one per suit, in ascending order (beginning with the Ace and ending with the King). With Vegas Scoring, players will have $52 at the beginning of the game – they can win $5 each time they move a card to the foundation area.

Players are able to view a Game Statistics section also, which provides stats on their Total Score, Games Played, Games Won, Win Rate as a %, Total Time, Total Moves, Average Time and Average Moves.

There is limited learning potential as the game is very simplistic and largely chance-driven.

In App purchasing

No in-app purchases during the review.

Online information

No online information during this review.

Gambling

This is a card game-based gambling app.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Playing card games, based largely on chance, to win in-game cash may be of concern to some parents.

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

About games and gambling

Most games contain elements of risk, chance and knowledge, that is why they are fun to play. There is growing concern about the impacts of simulated gambling games on the health and wellbeing of children. That's why we are identifying games that contain gambling elements on our site.

The State Government of South Australia's web site http://nogame.com.au/ contains information about these concerns.